Review! Ariona: The Bounty Hunter by Anthony Lampe

Ariona: The Bounty Hunter (Explore-A-Quest)

by Anthony Lampe

edited by Kristi Lampe

104 pages – ages 10+

Published by CreateSpace on February 8, 2014


Summary –  The reader becomes Ariona The Bounty Hunter who is out to avenge the death of her father. Ariona is tracking  a thieving thug who is preying on sickly villagers by selling them poisoned medicine. To make things worse, her father’s murderer, Ludwig von Aldon, is now in control of an army of the undead. What happens next is up to you (literally) as you choose which path Ariona takes!

What I thought – This is the 5th book in Mr. Lampe’s Explore-A-Quest series. It is very well-done, and transitioned well from page to page. The choose your own part of it worked well and I enjoyed going back and trying different paths. Ariona is a great character who you really cheer on. The story is good, and I really like the setting, too. I really felt like I was there. The characters are realistic and fun to read about. The fact that Ariona is a girl is a great touch. For a choose your own adventure, the story was pretty cool. I like that it is written toward MG aged kids – most choose your own adventures I read are written for grade-school aged kids. The book was a very quick read for me. I think that kids in the middle grades would really enjoy this. There is some violence but nothing graphic. I’d definitely give the other books in this series a try.

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms! fourbooks

To learn more about Mr. Lampe and his other Explore a Quest books, please visit the series’ official website HERE.




Categories: Age 9+

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18 replies

  1. Sounds like a multi-winner. Nice review. 🙂

  2. This sounds a bit too scary for me (have I ever mentioned what a wimp I am ?), but I like the concept of chosing your own path, so I might try this.

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. And the reader’s involvement in the story’s ending is unique and fun. But, as a parent I pause over the theme — revenge. I don’t believe in getting revenge. I’d have to read the story. Great reveiw though.

    • As Ariona, the bounty hunter, YOU, the reader, are actually trying to avenge your father’s death. Meaning, you are trying to see that your father’s killer is prevented from hurting more innocent people. Ariona has strong morals and values, and the choices the reader can make often times reflect that. Ariona does not believe in killing, which sets her apart from most fantasy characters. The story does have action and adventure, with some peril, but the story is appropriate for children over 10+ and fun for the whole family.

      • Thank you for helping me better understand. It makes a huge difference. I know Erik loves your books and you really have something very special going with the kids being able to choose the ending. Sounds like fun.

    • I think it is meant for older kids (9+), and Ariona isn’t out for hard-core revenge, just avenging her father. But I see what you mean. 🙂

  4. I love choose-your-won-adventure type books (as you may know from a certain birthday celebration awhile back :)) This book sounds interesting, and I agree it’s nice to see one geared toward MG. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Those Choose your own adventure books have been popular for a long time. My Mom Person’s kids read and loved them when they were little a long, long time ago and now I see kids at school that are still reading them. This series should be a big hit!

  6. Thanks for the rec, Erik! This sounds like one my son would enjoy.

  7. Too many book series, so little time! But what a lovely problem to have, don’t you think?

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